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NV panel holds votes on prickly mental health cuts

Lawmakers voted to preserve a program that would help keep mentally handicapped people at home with their families, but they held off on the most controversial items of a touchy, $617 million mental health budget during a weekend meeting. Full story

Medicare funds threatened at Ark. mental hospital

The Arkansas State Hospital is trying to avert losing its Medicare funding by providing federal officials almost daily updates on its plan to improve training, staffing and conditions after the facility was accused of mistreating some mentally ill patients, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Full story

Conn. woman gets probation for stealing

A Norwalk woman who stole close to $100,000 from her developmentally disabled clients at a not-for-profit agency has avoided jail. Full story

Md. House gives initial OK to raising alcohol tax

Maryland's sales tax on alcohol would rise 50 percent in July, under legislation that advanced in the House of Delegates late Saturday night. Full story

Md. House panel holds hearing on alcohol tax hike

Two Maryland state senators urged lawmakers on a House committee on Friday to approve an increase in the state's sales tax on alcohol that would generate money to help the developmentally disabled and steer millions of dollars in the next fiscal year to increase education funding, as the General Ass Full story

Audit: $305K stolen from DSHS autism center

Auditors say nearly $305,000 was stolen from personal and state accounts at a Bremerton long-term care facility for people with developmental disabilities. Full story

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  ‘Aspire’ to make a difference

TODAY’s Meredith Vieira takes a look at Aspire, a charity that is making a positive impact by making a difference in the lives of children with developmental disabilities.